East Asian Art

Sumio Kawakami, Casino follies, Woodcut on paper, 1930, (c) the artist

Sumio Kawakami, 'Casino follies'. Woodcut on paper, 1930. © the artist

The M J Morrissey Bequest Fund of 1984, established in memory of Professor Arthur Sadler provides funds to purchase East Asian art.

In 2000, the Morrissey Committee began purchasing contemporary Chinese art in the medium of printmaking. The collection of Japanese wood block prints includes prints from the late 19th century and early 20th century, with a specialist group of forty Hanga creative prints made between 1920 and 1945 by artists such as Onchi Kôshirô, Takehisa Yumeji, Kawanishi Hide, Inakaki Tomo-o, Sumio Kawakami, Ono Tadashige and Hiratsuka Un'ichi.

There is also an historical collection of a hundred Chinese and Japanese ceramics from individual bequests and donations.